Fantasy Football News and Updates: What We Learned From Week 12
Jason's Fantasy Football Analysis: What We Learned From Week 12
November 27, 2013
Week 12 What We Learned
Peyton Manning must learn to appreciate Mother Nature? Denver Bronco fans suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to the Patriots in New England on Sunday night, and now the NFL world is wondering if the Broncos are doomed because of the lurking winter weather. Peyton Manning has a terrible track record in cold weather, but his cold weather history needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Manning was a Colt for most of his career and that means his home stadium was a dome. So those cold weather losses came on the road, and it is tough for any NFL quarterback to win a cold weather game on the road. Manning is now in Denver, and therefore all his home games are outside. Even if Peyton was not comfortable in cold weather as a Colt, Peyton has now had two years of playing home games outside and that is more than enough time for him to get used to playing in cold conditions. Also, it must be noted that the Broncos went 5-0 in December last season with Peyton as their starting quarterback.
The Super Bowl is in New York this year, and there is no reason to think that will be a warm weather game. It is possible Peyton could struggle in a cold and windy stadium, but then again, every quarterback, with the exception of Brady and maybe Roethlisberger, would struggle under cold winter conditions. Fantasy owners, however, are not concerned with how Peyton performs in the Super Bowl, they are concerned with how Peyton will perform in weeks 14-16. The Broncos are at home for weeks 14 and 15, and they travel to Houston for week 16. The Broncos schedule is looking very friendly for Peyton, and fantasy owners should not worry about Peyton's cold weather history during the fantasy football playoffs. Not only were the Broncos 5-0 last December, but they also averaged 32.6 points per game during the wintery month.
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A power vacuum has formed in the AFC. The AFC has turned into a conundrum over underrated teams, or perhaps, it is a collection of underachieving teams. What ever way it is described, the AFC playoff picture is as intriguing as it is ugly. It is intriguing because 14 of the 16 AFC teams are within one game of making the playoffs, and it is ugly because every team competing for the 6th seed has a losing record. The wins in the AFC are being sucked up by the conference's top teams: Broncos, Chiefs, and Patriots. It is hard to believe that a team with a losing record in the regular season could suddenly beat one of the AFC's power teams in the playoffs. While the AFC power vacuum is creating a large gap between the top and the bottom, it is also creating a crowded pack in the middle and this is great for fantasy owners. NFL teams tend to play harder when they can taste a playoff birth, and fantasy owners want to start players that have something to play for. Regardless of how ugly an NFL teams' win/loss record may be, the greater the AFC playoff parody and the more teams involved in the playoff chase mean better production for fantasy owners.
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